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Navy beats Notre Dame in triple overtime

The streak is over.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – It took 44 years and three overtimes for Navy to beat Notre Dame. navy.jpg

The Midshipmen snapped an NCAA-record 43-game losing streak to the Fighting Irish on Saturday with a 46-44 victory in triple overtime.

Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada threw a 25-yard TD pass to Reggie Campbell on the first play of the third overtime, then found him again in the end zone for the 2-point conversion.

Notre Dame cut the lead to two on a 5-yard TD run by Travis Thomas. But after a pass interference call gave Notre Dame a second-chance at the 2-point conversion, defensive lineman Michael Walsh and linebacker Irv Spencer tackled Thomas well short of the end zone.

It was the first time Navy (5-4) beat Notre Dame since a 35-14 win in 1963 when Roger Staubach was quarterback for the Midshipmen.

The Midshipmen celebrated the long-awaited victory at midfield, jumping on top of each other.

For Notre Dame (1-8) it was its school-record fifth straight home loss, another low point in a season of lows.

I watched the end of this exciting game. Some comments

1- The pass interference on the first two-point try by Notre Dame was a bad call. Navy kept their cool and recovered.

2- NBC was commercial happy during the last minutes of the 4th quarter. One play, one commercial break. I’d like some football with my commercials.

3- Is Charlie Weis’ job in danger? Tyrone Willingham was never 1-8, but he was shown the door.


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